After 305 games in purple and white, Kade Munday has hung up the boots.
The all time Burnie Dockers games record holder has had a glittering career with a number of individual accolades as part of a hugely successful club.
Coach Clinton Proctor found it difficult to quantify the impact of Burnie’s departing great.
“Kade has been an outstanding leader at our football club, one of the most durable and reliable players I have coached,” Proctor explained.
“Every week we knew that he would be at the coal face, and leading by example for his players.
“A true champion of the Burnie Football Club and will go down as one of the greatest ever,” Proctor said.
Munday’s time in the game has seen five premierships – including the Dockers’ 2012 Tasmanian State League flag, a Baldock medal and three club Best and Fairests. A startling record and an amazing career that the departing Burnie leader found difficult to walk away from.
“I plan on going to most games this year and no doubt it will be hard going to watch the boys play,” the departing Captain said.
“Any decision to stop doing something you’ve done full time for the last 16 years is definitely hard but it had to come to an end sometime and I feel (my body) that it was probably a good time to finish before things go past you.
“On the flip side, it was an easy decision to be able to spend more time at home with a young family so I’m looking forward to that.
Munday has a significant career highlight reel but of all the accolades and success, there are a few clear cut moments that stick out for the departing skipper.
“The biggest highlight is the 2012 TSL premiership, being ask to captain and to and to have the opportunity to captain the Burnie Footy Club was also very special and I always enjoyed singing the song after winning a game against Devonport.”
Proctor describes Munday as reliable, Munday attributes that reliability to training hard.
“I had a very lucky journey with injury, and the friendships I formed as well as being part of a successful club. Started off playing without a lot of care and preparation but finished off the opposite, I did not have a lot of pace but probably kept the same pace for most of the game. Something I did pride myself on was my skills and being able to use both sides and like training hard and ask others to do the same.”
The departure of Munday and other experienced heads has seen a change of the guard at the Dockers with the club likely to field one of the youngest teams in the TSL in 2017. Despite a regeneration, he believes the new-look dockers can compete but ultimately he only desires one thing from his beloved Burnie, they must beat Devonport.
“I will find it tough to beat the top teams but will challenge them for the majority of games. It appears that the standard of teams may have dropped a bit with a lot of player movement but they will have fun and play without pressure this year. As long as they beat Devonport…”
Local rivalries aside, Munday believes in the path the club is following and hopes Burnie fans won’t have to wait long for further success.
“Clint (Proctor) has a clear vision of junior development and retention is so hard on North West coast but he is the right man to make this happen. Let’s hope they can challenge within the next three years again.”
– 305 club games
– All time games record holder
– 5 X premiership player (02,03,04,05 & 12)
– 3 X B&F winner
– 5 X runner up B&F
– Top 3 finish 13/16 seasons B&F
– 2008 Baldock medalist
– 2 X NTFL representative team
– Tasmania State League representative team